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Family and Kinship

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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... as well as a useful reference for professionals. Geoffrey Nathan. The Family in Late Antiquity: The Rise of Christianity and the Endurance of Tradition. Abingdon: Routledge, 2000. An excellent overview of the fundamental changes...

Kinship and Power: Dynasty, Lineage, and Social Networks

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Topic/Event Description Medieval polities, whether they be empires, kingdoms, dukedoms, etc, were typically ruled by families. Thus, one of the most important ways to examine those polities is by studying the families that ruled them. Even...

Marriage

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Topic/Event Description Following the definition of sociologist Edvard Westermarck, medieval marriage was “a relation of one or more men to one or more women […] recognized by custom or law and involv[ed] certain rights and duties both...

Fictive and Adoptive Kinship in Medieval Islamicate Societies

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Topic/Event Description Some discrepancy between normative forms of kinship and descent and the less regulated, more unpredictable social reality must inevitably exist in all societies. This tension between neat ideals and complex reality...

Life-Stages in the Byzantine Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Topic/Event Description In Byzantium, the eastern Roman Empire, fundamental ideas about age, the family, and the stages of life (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and so on) were influenced by the empire’s inheritance of the laws...

Kinship and Gender in Medieval Western Europe

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

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...Topic/Event Description All societies have kinship norms: who counts as a relative, and how one should treat them. Kinship can be based on (assumed) shared descent, marriage, or bonds created by social rituals, such as blood brotherhood...